To abandon someone in a difficult plight: They all cleared out and left me in the lurch (1596+)
see: leave in the lurch
- Leave something be
verb phrase To leave alone (1825+)
[leev-tey-king] /ˈlivˌteɪ kɪŋ/ noun 1. a saying farewell; a parting or goodbye; departure: His leave-taking was brief. noun 1. the act of departing; a farewell n. late 14c., from leave (n.) + present participle of take (v.).
- Leave without a leg to stand on
see: without a leg to stand on
- Leave word
Leave a message, as in Please leave word at the desk when you check out, or I left word abut my plans with the secretary; didn’t she tell you? This expression employs word in the sense of “information,” a usage dating from the 10th century.